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Chicago Cubs pick up contract option on reliever Pedro Strop for next season

The Chicago Cubs exercised their 2019 option, worth $6.25 million, on reliever Pedro Strop, the team announced Thursday.

The 33-year-old Strop posted a 2.26 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 60 appearances in the 2018 season, arguably his best.

He also recorded 13 saves, including 11 after closer Brandon Morrow went down in mid-July.

Strop has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in each of his six seasons with the Cubs.

He is also a favorite in the clubhouse. In August, manager Joe Maddon had a special Strop-themed road trip, with players and the coaching staff dressing in his style — red on orange, green suits and lots of silver and gold chains.

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